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    Lavrov Calls for Reenergized Probe Into 2014 Odessa Arson

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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reminded about the importance of pushing for an investigation into the tragedy that happened in Odessa on May 2, 2014, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday that the Ukrainian authorities must continue the inquiry into the May 2, 2014 Odessa fire that killed 48 people.

    Lavrov raised the issue of Ukraine during a phone conversation with his US counterpart John Kerry.

    "When discussing the Ukrainian agenda, [Sergei] Lavrov reminded about the importance of pushing for an investigation into the tragedy that happened in Odessa on May 2, 2014," the ministry said in a statement.

    Lavrov also stressed that there was no other way to settle the Ukrainian crisis than through a full implementation of the Minsk agreement.

    On Monday, Ukraine marked two years since an arson attack in the southern Ukrainian city of Odesa killed 48 people and injured more than 250.

    The fire was started by far-right hooligans who blocked dozens of anti-Kiev protesters in the inner city's House of Trade Unions and set the building on fire by hurling Molotov cocktails inside. An investigation was opened into the incident but no convictions followed.

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